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a computer issue that has stumped many - iTunes/VLC/any audio starts skipping after several hours

I gave an old desktop to a buddy of mine. It was in use as a fileserver/media server in my apartment, and I finally did some upgrades, yada yada. It was perfectly fine here. Problem description: ...
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why is my keyboard not working?

My computer is a year old desk top running windows 8.1. A few weeks ago I was typing a message and just as I was hitting enter a dialogue box flashed on the screen but before I realized it and read ...
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Desktop PC won't turn off the display automatically?

I set the power plan to both Balanced and High Performance and set the time to turn off display to 1 minute. However, no matter how long I wait, the display just won't turn off,let alone entering ...
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Separate Windows desktops on 1 over 3 monitor setup

If I have a 1-over-3 monitor (shown below), is it possible to split the desktop experience into two sections -- one for the bottom three, and a separate for the top one? For example, I want to use ...
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When browsing to save a file to my desktop the files and folders on the desktop don't appear

I have a new Dell ATG with best memory, graphics card, etc., and am running Windows 7 fully updated. When using Word 10, Acrobat Pro or Corel 6, and when browsing to my desktop to either save a file ...
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How to focus WEB-browser with a hotkey in Windows?

In Windows desktop shortcut's properties one can assign a Hot Key to launch that shortcut. There are Three Possible Outcomes First time the hot-key launches that application, next time it brings ...
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How to increase maximum number of rows displayed under desktop icon on Windows desktop?

Maybe you know that if any Windows desktop icon has too long display name, only first two rows are displayed when it loses the focus. See the second icon in the example: focused: focus lost: ...
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Mousing to the edge of the window to bring the rest of it on screen (How to?)

Moved from StackOverflow I have searched (what I feel) to be more than a reasonable amount of time on this and the results keep bringing up answers that are almost right (ie. Turn on Aero Snap). In ...
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How to toggle Windows 8.1 icons with a hot key [duplicate]

I have a Windows 8.1 and My desktop is a mess, so I need to find out a way of toggling the "show/hide icons" function without using "HideDesktopIcons.exe" Simple= I need to toggle the icons on/off on ...
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Switch to desktop with logo button - Win 8.1

For example: I'm running a program in fullscreen or I'm in Metro mode, and I want to switch back to the desktop. I know the shortcut Logo+D, but that minimizes all the windows when switching to ...
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dragged image results in permanent ghost on win 8 desktop

On occasion, when I try to drag and drop a file, the dragged image gets stuck on the desktop. I must re-boot in order to remove the ghost. This is an example: Is there any way to remove this ...
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Why can't I reposition my desktop icons in Windows 8.1 Pro?

I've tried everything that I can think of. When I try to drag and drop a desktop icon, the cursor turns to a slashed-out circle and won't let me move the icon. I can't drag them into folders or ...
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Different WiFi speed on desktop and mobile

On my home router, a Huawei E5172, I get 30Mbps to my desktop and 3Mbps to my mobile. I've tried different routers and this only occurs on my home router. My mobile chipset is MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 ...
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How can i manage10 SATA drives separately with same speed as DAS

I have 10 External USB drives attached with my desktop. Each has its own power and USB cable + USB extension/extender. Its looking very messy and i am thinking of opening the case and then take out ...
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Access to Remote App requires login to remote Desktop

I have a remote app (using remote desktop) which I am happy for users to log into. But at the moment, when the user clicks on the link/icon on the web page to activate the app: • The Remote App ...
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How to set four virtual desktops in Windows 8.1 like Ubuntu?

I have started use Windows 8.1. I want to use four desktops like Ubuntu. It is possible?
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop clone

Just as CentOS is a near clone of Red Hat's Enterprise Linux server product, is there a near clone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop? I'm aware of Fedora, but I don't see it as a clone of RHEL ...
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Nautilus changes my fluxbox experience, how can I bring the original configuration back?

I am running Fluxbux on Ubuntu Linux desktop machines and I noticed this happens at least on Ubuntu 12.04 and Ubuntu 13.04: I usually install from a standard Ubuntu distribution, and afterwards ...
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File just showed up on my desktop, but no virus

Yesterday, I turned on my PC to find three new files on my desktop named "emptyness.swf". If I remember correctly, they were actually "emptyness1.swf", "emptyness2.swf", and "emptyness3.swf"; maybe ...
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Google Spreadsheet as Windows 7/8 wallpaper [duplicate]

Is there a way to make a Google Document/spreadsheet as my windows desktop wallpaper ? I was thinking of a software that will act like a widget with a fixed position on my desktop.
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Bing Desktop local image folder

Bing Desktop used to store images at C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Microsoft\BingDesktop\themes\. After the latest update to 1.3.395 the images are no longer stored there. Did anyone find the new ...
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Windows 8.1 Desktop Background Solid Colour - Add Some Text

I have a solid black windows 8.1 desktop background. I want to add some text in the top right corner that will stay there permanently. e.g. "MyPcName" or some other random text that I would type. Is ...
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Windows suddenly treats fullscreen as half of actual screen

Sometimes, after I unlock my computer, the windows are all half the size of the screen and when using the maximize button they do not expand to fill the whole screen. This also affects the Aero Snap ...
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New User, Two Computers, Not Syncing

I have just put on included one file on my desktop to also save on onedrive. When I make a change on the desktop file, and save it. Then open it under the onedrive, the change I made is not ...
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Sharing Webpage to Social Network from Firefox

Firefox for Android allows me to quickly share the current page on facebook and other social networks. Is there any such option on Firefox for Desktop?
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Is it possible to make a (shared) folder to look an act as a Desktop? (Windows 7)

I have a really good experiences with working with the Windows 7 Desktop view. But now I have my work in a (shared) folder - so is there a way how to make it look and act like a Desktop ? Or at least ...
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Tile Windows vertically in Windows 8

I'm currently running win 8.1, mostly with "normal" (as opposed to metro) apps, and one things bugging me - Is there a way to tile two windows vertically like there was in 7? I've tried task manager ...
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In windows 8.1, is there a way to prevent the tablet version of apps from opening?

I use Windows 8 in desktop mode, but sometimes it wants to open pictures or media player in what I think of as tablet mode - the full-screen WinRT version of the app. I'm a developer, and that's ...
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Windows 8 Desktop Won't Auto Refresh

Recently, my desktop won't show any new files unless I press F5. This is a bit annoying, and none of the fixes on the Microsoft website help. What do I do?
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Mirror monitors 2 and 3?

I have an Asus laptop and two 24" monitors. One plugged into HDMI and the other VGA. When I go into my display properties I have 3 options Mirror 1 and 3 Mirror 1 and 2 Extend Desktop I've also ...
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Startx: Could not load modules.dep.bin

I am helping a friend setup an ubuntu server, but since he is not familiar with terminal, I am installing a Desktop. The Ubuntu version is Ubuntu 13.10 Server edition. What I did was: sudo apt-get ...
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Accidentally xkilled desktop and taskbar on linux

I was on CentOS with KDE, and I accidentally pressed Ctrl+Alt+Esc, and then clicked the desktop, and the taskbar. Only the mouse pointer worked now. My short research showed that this is xkill, and it ...
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Can I left-align desktop images on OS X Mavericks

OS X Mavericks has a few alignment options for desktop images. However, none serve my purpose. I would like to use a relatively thin image as a desktop background (e.g., a scroll), and I would like it ...
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Windows 8 Desktop Icons in Tile View

I appear to have some how placed my icons on my desktop in Tile View. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to restore the icons to their normal appearance. Any help is greatly appreciated. ...
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How do I stop iceweasel (firefox) from recreating unwanted Desktop directory?

I already have: XDG_DESKTOP_DIR="$HOME" on my ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs file. That's not it! (Using debian wheezy with minimal gnome - some packages might be missing)
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Can I change where win7 shortcuts sort in relation to folders?

If i have a group of folders, and somehow i need a shortcut to a folder to be "in the middle" sequentially, how do i fix that? Changing sort by type does not help, sorting by name does not seem to ...
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Preview image on desktop without frame

I am on a windows 7 machine. My image is a png with a transparent background. What I would like to do is show the image on my desktop without a frame. (preview, paint, browser). Not to say that ...
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BIOS settings changed unexpectedly

Here's what happened: Desktop working perfectly (playing SuperTuxKart on Linux Mint). Power down (computer left unattended, no one home). After about 3.5 hours - power up. Linux Mint starts up ...
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Windows 8.1 Desktop background turns black upon closing personalization settings w/ external monitor

I'm having some trouble changing the desktop background for my external monitor on windows 8.1. For setting the background on just my laptop, I can right click the picture and hit Set as desktop ...
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BGinfo not updating desktop

I have attempted every method of automating bginfo to run at logon unsuccessfully on my Windows 2012 R2 server. I though it was a scripting issue until I manually specified the path to write the image ...
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Desktop Icon-Text appears unreadable

My desktop appearance changed randomly today, it looks ugly and unreadable. I am on Windows 8.1 with 2 screens. Here is what i tried: Delete IconCache.db Restarting Changing ClearText Scaling (in ...
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Highlighted file names

I did something to my desktop (dragged a picture from a word document on the desktop, a window popped up saying something like "live desktop" or "active desktop", not sure) and now all the filenames ...
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Computers are getting faster, so why isn't the desktop experience? [closed]

In the past 20 years, desktop computers have exploded in computational power, but I feel that the desktop experience has been stagnating at best, and actually gotten slower in some places. What are ...
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Need to restart WAMP constantly

I'm building and testing HTML sites using WAMPP (apache and mysql server) in a desktop, a windows phone and an android tablet together. I can open my sites anytime in one of those devices, but the ...
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Desktop on starting Win 8.1 blanks all thumbnails then refreshes one by one

as the title says, when starting win 8.1 with the option to go directly to the desktop (as opposed to Metro), all thumbnails are displayed in an eyeblink. Then they get blanked out - only placeholders ...
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Adding Dropbox link on Windows 8.1 desktop

I have Windows 8.1. I use Dropbox for work. How do I get a shortcut to my Dropbox on my desktop? The Dropbox link right now is in my start menu. I have been unable to find Dropbox anywhere on my ...
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Computer Fan Spinning Faster, But Temerature Is In The Negatives

Recently my computer has been louder than it had been in the past, so I looked into it and I believe that my CPU's fan is working harder than it did before (it's definitely not due to dust build up, ...
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How to disable wallpaper changes on Linux Mint 12?

I'm looking for a way to disable the possibility of changing the wallpaper on a Linux Mint 12 install on a public computer. I searched the internet, but I didn't get any straightforward answer so far. ...
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Desktop fades when no activity

Recently, I corrupted my explorer.exe while modifying the icons. I had a backup of the original explorer.exe, so I went into elevated command prompt via Ctrl + File > Run new task in Task Manager ...
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Putting clickable text to launch programs on windows 7 desktop

I saw this desktop on one of my classmate's laptop and I forgot to ask him how he did this to his desktop. But it was simple text on the desktop. I would like to have just text instead of icons on the ...